Pittsburgh Estate Planning Lawyers

Dedicated Pittsburgh Estate Planning Attorneys Ready To Fight For You

Pittsburgh is home to a network of excellent courts of law, including the Allegheny County probate court. With proper estate planning, however, you might not need to use a court to distribute your property, either before or after you die. Just about any estate plan must take into account the Pennsylvania Trust Code and the Pennsylvania Probate, Estates, and Fiduciaries Code, however, and an experienced Pittsburgh estate planning lawyer can help.

That’s good news. The bad news (at least potentially) is that, without proper estate planning, your estate might end up being distributed under Pennsylvania intestate succession law in a manner that you never intended. With proper estate planning, it is possible that your estate might not even go through probate at all, and that your beneficiaries might receive their shares seamlessly without any delay. Speak with an experienced Pittsburgh estate planning attorney today.

Estate Planning Documents

The following are some of the most commonly used estate planning documents (not everybody needs all of them):

  • A last will and testament, which is what the probate court will use to determine the distribution of your probate estate;
  • An advance medical directive (which goes into effect immediately);
  • A living will (which goes into effect only when you become terminally ill);
  • A durable power of attorney (which goes into effect immediately) or a springing power of attorney (which goes into effect when you become mentally incompetent or unable to communicate).

Other documents might be required as well, depending on your particular situation and priorities. No two estate plans are exactly alike – at least not at KDS Legal.

Client Testimonial

“The lawyers at KDS Legal have represented me in an estate matter for over five years – through both trials and multiple appeals they never gave up on me or my case…and eventually they won.”

Charles O.

Related Practice Areas

We also assist our clients with the following related types of cases

  • Estate litigation
  • Wills and trusts

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens if my will is invalidated in probate court?

If your will is invalidated in probate court (which can only happen after you die), your probate assets, not including assets you have placed in trust, will be distributed to your relatives in accordance with the terms of Pennsylvania’s intestate succession law. Your spouse and children will receive most or all of your estate if they exist and if they outlive you. Assets not subject to probate include assets associated with:

  • Living trusts
  • Life insurance policies;
  • Retirement accounts;
  • Joint tenancies; and
  • Other non-probate forms of ownership.

What is a Pennsylvania living will?

A Pennsylvania living will, like living wills established under the laws of other states, is a legally binding document that instructs your healthcare providers on the use of lifesaving treatment to save your life – in the event that you become so ill that you lose mental competence or you are unable to communicate your wishes. You might instruct your doctors, for example, not to resuscitate you under certain circumstances.

Contact the Pittsburgh Estate Planning Attorneys at KDS Legal Today

Planning your estate can be a complex undertaking, one that will be fraught with risk if you lack experienced legal advice. Not only must your estate be carefully planned in advance with informed decision-making, but the necessary documents must also be prepared flawlessly in order to avoid nasty surprises that might not even come to light until after you die.

If you need help planning for your own future and for the well-being of your loved ones after you are gone, contact the Pittsburgh estate planning lawyers at KDS Legal by calling our Pittsburgh office, emailing us at info@kds.legal, or filling out our online contact form for a free initial consultation. Our clients hail from North Shore, Sewickley, Mt. Washington, and elsewhere throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Call our lawyers today.